About Heather Taves

Heather Taves is one of Canada’s most acclaimed and beloved pianists, a career she melds with those of composer, improviser, and writer. Her performances are described as “radiantly beautiful…commanding and authoritative” (The Guardian), and her compositions “brilliant in her conjuring of diverse worlds of sounds and texture…superlative music for our time and beyond” (Stephen Preece, The Record). Her openness, warmth and humor connect with people as she communicates her expertise in an enormous range of diverse music.

Heather Taves has toured internationally in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, in such venues as the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Place Des Arts in Montreal, Merkin Hall in New York City, Radio Zurich, and the Madras Philharmonic Society. She has performed collaboratively with the Penderecki String Quartet, pianist Jamie Parker, The Elora Festival Players, NUMUS, Jaap Schröder, and many others. She has premiered works including the Triple Concerto by Glenn Buhr performed with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, and performed a myriad of piano music by diverse living composers, including Israeli composer Oded Zehavi, Palestinian-Canadian composer John Kameel Farah, Turkish composer Can Kazaz, British jazz pianist Julian Joseph, and many more. For CBC Halifax, she presented a four-part series performing and discussing 20th century piano music. Internationally known as an innovative educator, she is an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University where her research is centered on creative improvisation.  


A composer says…

“Many thanks to Heather Taves for the great Makro!”

  • —George Crumb


“An extraordinary evening of highly memorable new music…a masterful combination of recorded sounds, solo improvisations, and tasteful ensemble chemistry…Taves was also brilliant in her conjuring of diverse worlds of sound and texture…this was superlative music for our time and beyond.”

  • —Stephen Preece, for The Record

“Taves’ execution of the tightly wound jazz-influenced piano part alongside an electronic rhythm track in Farah’s “Uprising” was a knock-out thing of dazzling beauty and non-stop swinging energy all the way to its inspired end.”

  • —Today’s Zaman, Turkey

“It was the sheer musicality of everything she did which provided such a deep impression – the light and shade, the subtlety of color and phrasing, the variety of rhythmic stress, all made to serve the musical sense.”

  • —The Telegraph-Journal

“A radiantly beautiful performance…commanding and authoritative, with the proper virtuosic display this music calls for”

  • The Guardian (Canada)

“More than just transmitting virtuosity, [the trio] also communicated tradition, experience, contact, and communication.”

  • —La Nacion (Costa Rica)

“Superb, technically and interpretively…Taves has a definite talent for understanding and communicating the rationale of modern music.”

  • —Colleen Johnson, for The Record

“She possesses the necessary technique, and the musical spark in abundance…these Heather Taves achieved to perfection.”

  • The Nelson Daily

“Some of the most beautiful music that I have ever heard…during both the slow, ethereal passages and the incredibly rapid ones…I was just glad that I couldn’t see her hands from where I was sitting. I might never have recovered.”

  • —The Brock Press